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Prenatal Education & Exercise Classes

'Choices in Childbirth' - Prenatal Education Classes

There is much to learn about labour, birth and the changes that occur with having a baby. The experienced San childbirth educators have developed a comprehensive course called Choices in Childbirth to give you the information you need to help you through this new and exciting stage of life and to help you feel as prepared as possible for the birth of your baby.

This weekday evening course of 2-hour sessions run over 5 weeks gives you time to digest the information and have your questions answered.

If you are unable to attend on weeknights, a condensed version of the Choices in Childbirth course is presented in 2 x 4-hour sessions on either Sunday mornings or afternoons. Our Choices in Childbirth course is facilitated by childbirth educators.

Topics include:

  • Normal pregnancy and variations from normal
  • Different stages of labour and what to expect
  • What to bring to hospital
  • Couple's self-help techniques & coping strategies
  • Partner / support person's role benefits and side effects of medications used in labour
  • Normal birth and caesarean section
  • Postnatal care
  • Normal newborn behaviour
  • Feeding your baby
  • Tour of Maternity Unit

Cost: $326 per couple (you will receive an invoice in the mail once you have booked the class in regards to payment)

Where: Beattie Complex, Sydney Adventist Hospital

Dates available: click here for the 'Choices in Childbirth' classes timetable

Please book as soon as possible as there is a limit on the class numbers for your comfort and safety.  You can make your booking during your initial appointment, or alternatively bookings can be made through Physiotherapy on 02 9487 9336.

Click here for a printable site map and directions.

Click here to see the pre and post natal classes FAQs.

Click here to see the FAQs : Epidural/Spinal Analgesia During Birth.


Caesarean Section Classes

This class is designed for expectant parents who are expecting a caesarean section birth.

Session Duration: 3 hours

Topics include:

  • Normal pregnancy
  • Variations in pregnancy
  • What to bring to hospital
  • Signs of Labour and what to do (planned or emergency)
  • Preparation for caesarean section, (planned or emergency) and what to expect
  • Baby friendly caesarean section
  • Partner support during a caesarean
  • Having a caesarean under a general anaesthetic
  • Having a caesarean with an epidural or a combined epidural and spinal anaesthetic
  • Options for pain relief
  • Immediate care of the mother and baby
  • Post surgical care
  • Taking care at home
  • Tour of maternity

Cost: $160 per couple (you will receive an invoice in the mail once you have booked the class in regards to payment)

Where: Beattie Complex, Sydney Adventist Hospital

Dates available for 2017:

  • Wednesday 1st March, 6pm
  • Wednesday 5th April, 6pm
  • Wednesday 3rd May, 6pm

For further information and bookings email MaternityEnquiries@sah.org.au or phone 02 9480 4154.

Click here for a printable site map and directions.

Click here to see the pre and post natal classes FAQs.

Click here to see the FAQs : Epidural/Spinal Analgesia During Birth.


Calmbirth® Classes

Calmbirth® classes are conducted at the San and run over two consecutive Sundays each month.

For further information on classes, cost and online bookings, visit the Calmbirth® website.


Baby Care Classes

Baby care prenatal classes are a practical session held by an experienced midwife and cover newborn behaviour, bathing, settling, safe sleeping, baby equipment, and car and home safety.

Session duration: 2 hours

Where: Beattie Complex, Sydney Adventist Hospital

When: Fridays at 10.00am or 12.45pm 
          Classes run the same day as Breastfeeding classes 

Cost: $45 per person or $65 per couple (payment is to be made in cash to the instructor at commencement of the class)

Dates available: click here for the baby care classes timetable

For further information and bookings email MaternityEnquiries@sah.org.au or phone 02 9480 4154. Be sure to book early to avoid disappointment.

Click here for a printable site map and directions.

Click here to see the pre and post natal classes FAQs.


Breastfeeding classes

Prenatal breastfeeding classes are run by our lactation consultants and cover the advantages of breastfeeding, anatomy, skin to skin contact, attachment and positioning, frequency and duration of feeding, common breastfeeding problems, rooming in, and common myths.

Session duration: 2 hours

Where: Beattie Complex, Sydney Adventist Hospital

When: Fridays at 10.00am or 12.45pm 
          Classes run the same day as Baby Care classes 

Cost: $45 per person or $65 per couple (payment is to be made in cash to the instructor at commencement of the class)

Dates available: click here for the breastfeeding classes timetable

For further information and bookings email MaternityEnquiries@sah.org.au or phone 02 9480 4154. Be sure to book early to avoid disappointment.

Click here for a printable site map and directions.

Click here to see the pre and post natal classes FAQs.


Grandparents Classes

Grandparent classes are run by an experienced midwife and covers changes in health care practice, pregnancy and birth, safe sleeping for babies, newborn behaviour, safety at home and in the car, and support for new parents.

Session duration: 2 hours

Where: Beattie Complex, Sydney Adventist Hospital

When: Fridays at 10am

Cost: $45 per person or $65 per couple. Payment is to be made in cash to the instructor at commencement of the class.

Dates available for 2017:

  • Friday 27th January at 10am
  • Friday 24th March at 10am
  • Friday 5th May at 10am
  • Friday 16th June at 10am


For further information and bookings email MaternityEnquiries@sah.org.au or phone 02 9480 4154. Be sure to book early to avoid disappointment.

Click here for a printable site map and directions.

Click here to see the pre and post natal classes FAQs.


Prenatal Exercise Classes

Physically fit women generally cope better with the physical challenges of pregnancy and the demands of labour, as well as recovering faster after birth. Exercise during pregnancy, such as Pilates and Aqua Fitness assist with:

  • Improving posture
  • Improving muscle tone
  • Improving body awareness improving self-image
  • Strengthening of pelvic floor muscles
  • Increasing one's sense of well-being
  • Decreasing fatigue

Prenatal Aqua Classes are designed specifically for expectant mothers, and are held in our hydrotherapy pool. They can be started any time from 16 weeks into your pregnancy, and are held at various times on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.

Prenatal Pilates Classes combine strength training and flexibility with body awareness, breathing and relaxation suitable for expectant mothers. Please book a consultation with a physiotherapist prior to commencing prenatal pilates to ensure your suitability for the class. These classes are held on a Tuesday morning.

For our full list of classes please see our class schedule, and phone 02 9487 9350 or email MaternityEnquiries@sah.org.au for more details. 

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